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Content related to sustainability education at PSU, especially coursework and experiential learning.

At Cully Critter Cruise, youth take a closer look at nature and careers in sustainability

As a Professional Science Master student in the Environmental Science and Management Department, I am exploring the different ways people engage with nature. This focus drew me to a local partnership of organizations working on a community event at a new Northeast Portland park—the Cully Critter Cruise. The Institute for Sustainable Solutions, through their Sustainable Neighborhoods Initiative, supports this valuable community partnership and my participation in and research stemming from the event.

Food Systems field trip features local Latinx movements in agriculture and community-led retail business

In June, students in the Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Food Systems joined Nathan McClintock’s Feeding The City class on a field trip to learn about the labor side of food justice.

Call for speakers, sessions, case studies: Washington & Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference

The Washington & Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference (WOHESC) is an opportunity for collective direction and solidarity in higher education for our region. As political, social and environmental issues become more complex, WOHESC convenes and empowers stakeholders who are driving leadership and generating solutions for a more sustainable future.

Calling all sustainability stars for PSU’s 10th Sustainability Celebration

A decade ago Portland State’s sustainability community gathered at the first ever PSU Sustainability Celebration to recognize accomplishments from the year and build momentum to advance these efforts. That original community—a mere handful of people—has multiplied exponentially over the years, with hundreds of students, faculty, and staff now gathering annually for this one-a-year extravaganza of inspiration.

Sustainability courses: Spring 2017

From Black and Chicano/Latino Studies to Engineering and Technology Management, sustainability courses at Portland State University span dozens of subject areas.

Check out the list below to see what sustainability courses are being offered spring 2017. Find dates and times for courses and register for spring 2017 starting February 20.

Institute for Sustainable Solutions Impact Report 2016

At the beginning of this new year, we at the Institute for Sustainable Solutions would like to reflect on recent accomplishments of our students, faculty, and community partners, and offer inspiration as we look ahead to 2017. With the support of our many partners, we made great strides last year to address some of our region’s most pressing sustainability challenges. Read highlights and inspiring stories from the 2015-16 academic year in our Impact Report 2016.

My journey through wilderness, from Chile to Portland

The following essay was written by PSU student Andrea Good during a writing course called Wilderness History in America taught by Paul Lask. 

New book provides toolbox for campus-community collaboration on sustainability efforts

Portland State’s motto, “Let Knowledge Serve the City,” speaks to the value the University places on engagement with its community and region. A recently released book by the same name describes the multi-faceted process of building sustainability programs at Portland State University—programs that rely on strong university-community relationships and a two-way pipeline of knowledge development and exchange.

Faculty convene for workshop on PSU sustainability programs

Last Wednesday, the Institute for Sustainable Solutions held a half-day workshop to introduce PSU faculty to the Institute’s Sustainable Neighborhood Initiative (SNI), Living Lab program, and